Your Garden – Organic Pest Control


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If you can’t wait to get outside on a sunny day or even an ugly day consider that you have a true passion for gardening. If it’s your goal to find ways to protect your plants from weather conditions so you can enjoy them the following spring it's safe to say you love gardening. The desire for free organic vegetables alone makes you a gardener, but being organic is not as easy as we wish it to be. Do you prefer to mow and be done with it or do you want an sitting area with flowers  to relax … [Read more...]

Misco Home and Garden 4-Shelf Greenhouse


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Protect your favorite potted plants with misco home and garden 4-shelf greenhouse for winter months.  This multi-tier shelves will help extend fall season vegetables and grow herbs all year round, as well as get an early start in spring.  Makes a great gift for that gardener in your life while quantities last at $25.97, prices subject to change.  Hurry, they won't last long at this price. To get to this great deal type into Targets search bar "misco home & garden 4 shelf greenhouse" and … [Read more...]

Tomato Hornworm


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The tomato hornworm is not actually a worm, but a bright-green caterpillar with white and black markings. Hornworms are the larva of a huge moth called five-spotted hawk moth and lay eggs on the undersides of tomato leaves late spring.  Adult stages of tomato hornworms are heavy-bodied and can destroy a plant within hours.  If left to hatch within 6 to 8 days the larva mature in three to four weeks.  They burrow into the soil to pupate and can remain there all winter and emerge as a moth next … [Read more...]

How To Make Seed Tape


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School is out and kids are home complaining their bored, and keeping your kids busy through the summer can be a challenge especially doing things that are free.  You can make seed tape for fall/winter vegetables, as well as prepare next spring/summer flowers and vegetables. Make your seed tape ahead of time for all your plant needs, rolling the tape back onto the toilet paper roll and store in zip lock bag with the seed package telling you the plant name and growing conditions in a cool place … [Read more...]

Grow Vegetables From Kitchen Scraps


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Growing vegetables from kitchen scraps was utilized by our ancestors as they didn’t have the convenience of a local grocery store around the corner not to mention they recognized the savings by re-growing edibles from kitchen scraps.  Currently we live in an era of instant gratification, go to the grocery store or local farmers market and buy what ever we need.  However there is a shift, people are looking for ways to cut costs on vegetables that are easy enough to grow at home over and over and … [Read more...]

Sausage and Roasted Vegetables


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  This recipe is easy, healthy and entirely up to you. This is my basic starter but I'll add whatever I have in the fridge or use seasonal vegetables that are on sale like fresh green beans and asparagus. You can easily convert this to root veggies such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, turnips etc. As the vegetables roast they carmelize and get sweet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. This is a great one to add to your list if you are dieting or just want a delicious healthy recipe. … [Read more...]

Gardening With Children


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Children are like sponges gathering and storing everything they see and things you do. They're curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt. Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time while observing the cycle of life firsthand. Gardening with children is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature. Over the last couple of decades we've found it all too easy to buy … [Read more...]

Top 10 Best Growing Crops For Children


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It is gratifying to watch kids interest and self-esteem grow as the gardening efforts yielded good results. Although there are many crops suitable for the young gardeners, here are our "top 10"  which are relatively easy to grow, have short growing seasons and are fun to harvest. SUNFLOWERS A must for a child's garden. Plant just one or two, since they take a lot of room.  In 8 weeks, the buds will flower revealing hundreds of seed kernels. I had to laugh the first time my husband saw how you … [Read more...]

Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheezy Side Dish


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    Broccoli and Cauliflower are both staples in my home but they can get boring pretty fast. I steam it, roast it, add it to recipes etc but I still needed something more so I came up with this super easy and fast recipe. You may even get the kids to eat it! Both fresh (steamed and drained) or frozen vegetables work great for this dish. I tend to use store brand frozen vegetables because it's cheaper. You can use any combination of cheeses and any spreadable cheese of your … [Read more...]

Stir Fry Chicken and Vegetables


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  We've had a long day, we don't want to cook so we hit the drive thru. Sometimes we even order what we think is a healthier option from the menu like chicken and vegetables. Unfortunately even the simple dishes are loaded with fat and sodium. It's not unusual for a single serving of takeout chicken and vegetables to have 1000 calories, at least 60 grams of fat and over 2000 mg of sodium.  You can use a wok, a large non stick skillet or an electric skillet for this recipe. If you … [Read more...]

What Kind Of Gardener Are You?


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Are You a Beginner or Advanced Gardner How do you define a gardener?  According to the American Heritage Dictionary they define gardener as: One who works in or tends a garden for pleasure or hire.  If you can’t wait to get outside on a sunny day or even an ugly day consider that you have a true passion for gardening.   If its your goal to find ways to protect your plants from weather conditions so you can enjoy them the next year you are a gardener. Are you a beginner gardener?   Are … [Read more...]